I found this 1945 film noir on YouTube, THE GREAT FLAMARION. I was entranced; the femme fatale is Mary Beth Hughes, and her captive heart paramour played by the wonderful Dan Duryea.
Turns out von Stroheim (1885-1957) was also a visionary director, making a film titled GREED, considered one of the finest masterpieces ever. However, most of the seven-hour movie was lost when the film was shortened, as a janitor threw all the cut-out parts away...also, von Stroheim was so temperamental and difficult to work with that he was banned from EVER working as a director again!
Anyway, here for your consideration is a photo, von Stroheim on the left with Gloria Swanson center, one of her finest sneers! Then below that I will put THE GREAT FLAMARION, definitely worth a look if you like film noir!